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Teachers Highland Cream

It taught me a thing or two

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

8th Jun 2017


Teachers Highland Cream
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I posted a review of this blend over on my blog. I've had Teacher's many times throughout my adult life and I've always enjoyed it as a casual drink to which I don't have to pay much attention. I recently bought a bottle of Teacher's to leave at my in-laws' because I'm tired of carrying whisky back and forth from their place (side note: I also keep a bottle of Bulleit bourbon there). Over the course of the last month or so, I've been paying more attention to Teacher's when I drink it.

  • Nose (undiluted): a big hit of honey, pears, light peat and smoke, grain
  • Palate (undiluted): medium-bodied, sweet honey arrival, vanilla, toffee, red apples and some peat and smoke
  • Finish: medium length, peat and smoke coming to the forefront, some black Pepper and some grain (oatmeal) lingering.

Adding water increases the fruitiness, especially adding peach notes. I didn't like adding water at first, but I've grown to enjoy it. I think this blend is quite enjoyable. It has more character than most. I even enjoyed it more than some single malts I've had (cough-Auchentoshan 12-cough)

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BlueNote commented

15 or 20 years ago this was one of the great old school blends. The last one I bought about 4 years ago was a big disappointment. It used to be over 35% single malt with a nice peat component. I'm not sure if that is still he case. However, based on your impressions I might have to give it another try.


6 years ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented

@BlueNote I've heard that it's "not what it used to be". I believe it's because it used to contain both Ardmore AND Glendronach whereas the latter is no longer a component of Teacher's blend (I believe Teacher's sold Glendronach in the early 2000s). But at $26 CAD per bottle, it's one of the best "bargain blends" around, if not THE best.

6 years ago 0

BlueNote commented

@OdysseusUnbound Interesting. It may be just as good as the older version but in a different way. Anyway, I'm always looking for good bargain blends and for 25 bucks (BC price) I'll give it a go.

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Scotched commented

My father kept a pub in the 60/70s and when he left he took a bottle of Teachers and as he never drank at home, it sat at the back of a wardrobe for 30+ years.

Until I happened along... For several years I'd become a malt snob but I was intrigued as to what this old blend would be like.

It knocked my socks off! Just overwhelmingly better than any blend I'd tried before. Better and more interesting than many of my beloved malts. Sadly, its modern version is nowhere near as good (Although recent bottlings seem peatier).

6 years ago 5Who liked this?

RianC commented

@Scotched - I came across a ltr bottle @43% from the late 70s/early 80s a couple of years ago and it was one of the best blends I've had (there was a slight smell of Grandma's cupboard present, but it shifted after a week or so!).

I bought a modern Teacher's to compare (well the previous label,as they seemed to change it not long after) and it was a pretty weak, young grain heavy replacement that felt like it had smoke sprayed into it. Maybe it was a bad bottle but they couldn't have been further apart in quality if they tried. Shame.

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